Health techlogy assessment (HTA) aims to inform health policy and decision making processes concerning health techlogies on organizational, societal and ethical issues. HTA has a strong foundation in research on the health effects and broader implications of the use of techlogy in health care. Its potential for contributing to safer and more effective health care is widely ackwledged in Europe and interest in this field has been growing steadily. Since the establishment of the first national HTA agency in Sweden in the 1980s, the number of institutions involved in the assessment of health techlogies has multiplied in Europe. Most European Member States have established a formal HTA programme or are considering the feasibility of establishing HTA intelligence to inform health policy-making. Since its inception, the HTA community has ackwledged the need for international collaboration and networking. This book has been produced as a collaboration between the EUnetHTA Project and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies with the aim of reviewing the relationship between HTA and policy-making from different perspectives, with a special focus on Europe. The purpose of this cooperation is to transmit the value of HTA to a wide public in decision-making and healthcare management in order to increase their awareness of HTA activities and evidence-based decision-making.
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies